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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Chapter 20 Reading Tips

Chapter 20 Reading Tips

Dorothy and her friends travel through a country made of china!

Welcome back to Story Time with Port Discovery! We’re diving into Chapter 20 of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In Chapter 19, Dorothy and her friends were attacked by moving trees, and in this chapter, they’ll have to be careful not to break everything they walk by!

Tip #1 - for Grown Ups!

In this chapter, Dorothy and her friends arrive at a place made entirely of china, a fragile material that breaks easily. Everything from the ground to the people are made of this material, so Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion all have to be very gentle and careful while traveling through this section of Oz. Dorothy even wants to take home one of the princess dolls with her, but learns that the magic spell of the princess being able to move would be broken if she left her home.

For this chapter, talk with your child about respecting a person's personal space. What are some signs we can look for to understand someone might need some space or time to be alone?

This is a good opportunity to talk with your child about times YOU might want to be alone, and how you will look forward to your time together after you get some things accomplished by yourself!

Here’s the vocab for this chapter!

  • China

A fine and fragile ceramic material, often white

  • Milk-maid

A girl or woman who milks cows

  • Breeches

Short pants that are fastened below your knee

  • Poker

A metal rod used for poking a fire to make sure it doesn't go out

  • Brittle

Easily breakable

Tip #2 - for Kids!

Welcome back, friends! In this chapter, Dorothy and her friends visit a tiny, fragile city, and they have to be careful not to break anything - or anyone!

For this chapter, your activity is to build your own tiny city! Look around your house for small things you can use. Maybe you already have blocks and legos, but think what else you could possibly use. If you were a teeny tiny creature, what would you use as a bed? What would you eat? Materials you might want to use include grains of rice, beads, or old marker caps! Get creative! We would love to see your tiny cities!

Tip #3 - for Everyone!

Now that you have your teeny tiny city, ask your child how they would feel if someone like Dorothy came in and accidentally knocked it over while they were playing. How would that make you feel? Dorothy and her friends are very sorry, but don’t stay around to help fix anything. What do you think Dorothy could have done to help fix what she and her friends had broken?


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